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Greg Tardy

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“Music is an expression of the soul and I always try to speak through my horn,” says Gregory Tardy. “I once heard an older musician say ‘it is better to be felt than to be heard’. I never forgot that. That is my approach to playing any style of music.” Born into a musical family, Gregory Tardy began his musical career studying classical clarinet. In high school, Gregory excelled in music, winning many awards and scholarships offers. While studying with renowned clarinetists Russell Dagon and Jack Snavely, Tardy began preparing for a symphony career. Over time, he began to be asked to play saxophone, to fill in missing gaps in various ensembles

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Morning Star

Label: Blue Canoe Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Radio Intro; Morning Star; Self-Esteem; Evensong; Interlude; Haiku (Trumpet Intro); Haiku; Station Break; The Moon Singer; Morning Star (Reprise); Anna Breschine; Radio Outro

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Evensong

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Label: Blue Canoe Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 07:01

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Article: Interview

Logan Richardson: To Boldly Go Where No Jazz Has Gone Before

Read "Logan Richardson:  To Boldly Go Where No Jazz Has Gone Before" reviewed by Chris May


In a 2016 interview, jny: Kansas City-born alto saxophonist Logan Richardson said: “Jazz will constantly change because there's constantly a new us, new times. There will always be a fight from the conformists--but they don't represent where the tradition is coming from." Richardson was talking not long after the release of his adventurous Blue Note album, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Greg Tardy, Sammy Nestico & Elvin Jones

Read "Greg Tardy, Sammy Nestico & Elvin Jones" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From modern day saxophonist Greg Tardy, we swing into the 685th Episode of Neon Jazz. This show features a host of songs from artists who released music during 2020. We also talked to quite a few musicians during that pandemic year for their wisdom and insights into survival during an era of no live music. They ...

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Freedom

Label: Dreamers Collective
Released: 2020
Track listing: Triumph 2; Drumterlude 1; The Peacock; Drumterlude 2; Farmboy; Drumterlude 3; Floating; Marrakech; Freedom;The Fugitive; Drumterlude 4; Dare To Dream; Get Up; Drumterlude 5; Soccer Game; Epilogue.

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Article: Interview

Charles Rumback: Singing Structures of Rhythm

Read "Charles Rumback: Singing Structures of Rhythm" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Versatility, personality and musical empathy are qualities that a modern drummer needs, and Charles Rumback has them in abundance. Based in Chicago, Rumback has accompanied adventurous singer/songwriters like Caleb Willitz, Steve Dawson and Ryley Walker, played jazzy electronica with Colorlist and explored the classic format of the piano trio with bassist John Tate and pianist Jim ...

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Freedom, Soul, Jazz

Label: Will Boyd Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Every time I feel the Spirit Prelude #1 Every Time I feel the Spirit #2 Go Down Moses #3 August Eighth #4 Deep River #5 Oh Freedom Prelude #6 Oh Freedom #7 June Teenth #8 Keep Your Hand on the Plow #9 Marching to the Freedom Land #10 On My Way to Selma #11 Song of Silas #12 We Shall Overcome #13

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Article: Catching Up With

Elio Villafranca: Five Islands & A Revolt

Read "Elio Villafranca: Five Islands & A Revolt" reviewed by John Ephland


The setting was Systems Two, a well-known, state-of-the-art recording studio in Brooklyn. The sessions, occurring over five days in May (7-11) 2017, were set up to record Cuban pianist/composer Elio Villafranca's sixth album, the elaborate and thoroughly rehearsed double-CD Cinque (artistShare), the music previously performed in shows at Lincoln Center in 2015. Present at ...

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Article: Album Review

Craig Brann: Lineage

Read "Lineage" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The cream always rises to the top. That might sound like a trite statement (and one definitely not applicable to pop music), but is one that consistently holds true in jazz. So it follows that guitarist Craig Brann, in a discipline in which one cannot fake it to make it, would then be the crème de ...


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